The Mareth Line battle hots up
21st March 1943: As the British Eighth Army attacks the German positions, a flanking move into the desert is discovered by the Luftwaffe
In Tunisia as a frontal assault was being made on the Mareth Line, a strong force was makings it’s way across the desert to outflank the German positions much further north.
As the poor devil, apparently on fire, hurtled earthwards and thumped into the ground to burst near us, we all cheered, and cheered again as the bomber with the rest of the crew inside also hit the ground, exploded into flame and in a single ‘whoosh’ incinerated the crew.
We were not ghouls because we laughed and cheered; we had been on the receiving end from the Luftwaffe for a very long time.
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